Professor Katerina Semendeferi named a 2012 AAAS Fellow

Ten UC San Diego Faculty Named 2012 AAAS Fellows

Ten professors at the University of California, San Diego have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the nation’s largest scientific organization. They are among 702 members selected this year by colleagues in their disciplines to be honored by the association for “scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications.”

The new Fellows, who were announced in this week’s issue of the journal Science, will be presented with an official certificate and rosette pin on February 16 at the AAAS Annual Meeting in Boston. One of these fellows is Katerina Semendeferi

Katerina Semendeferi, a professor of anthropology in the Division of Social Sciences and an advisory board member of the Kavli Institute for Brain and Mind, is a biological anthropologist interested in the evolution of the human brain and behavior. Her interdisciplinary research compares the neuroanatomy of brains in humans, apes and other primates – to explore the neural systems involved in complex cognitive and emotional processes, as well as in mental disorders. A member of the UC San Diego faculty since 1997, Semendeferi is cited by AAAS “for distinguished contributions to scientific knowledge about comparative primate neuroanatomy, particularly for pioneering research on the prefrontal substrates of advanced cognitive abilities in humans.”

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